While breastfeeding provides the best nutrition for your baby and is the most widely recommended way to feed a newborn, there are some important factors that might lead you to consider formula feeding. You may experience criticism from a range of different people for not feeding your baby from the breast. However, no matter what you decide, the only thing that really matters is what choice is right for you and your baby.
There are many different types of support available to working parents. Some may solely be available to single parents, while others include benefits for single working parents. Regardless of where you fit into this, you may be entitled to a number of additional forms of support and financial aid to help you out.
Finding out you’re pregnant can bring about a range of emotions, from shock to excitement, there’s a lot of uncertainty about what the future holds. The same can be said when trying to understand the ins and outs of maternity leave. The most important thing to remember is that if you are eligible, you have a right to take it.
It’s completely understandable to have concerns over the safety of vaccines, especially while pregnant. After all, there are a range of sources offering conflicting opinions and advice about the effectiveness and safety of them. However, scientific studies have shown that the flu vaccine is safe at any stage of your pregnancy.
The arrival of a baby into the family brings a diverse range of emotions, some of which can be expected, such as joy and excitement. It may also bring about feelings of uncertainty and anxiety. Adjusting to a newborn can certainly be challenging, but as you learn new routines and tune into your baby’s needs, you’ll soon pick up your own habits that are unique to your family.
Employees can work up to 10 days during their maternity or adoption leave, these are called Keeping in Touch (KIT) days. KIT days are intended to help employees keep in contact with their workplace and allow them to do some work while still being on maternity leave.
It’s estimated that around 35% of working mothers in the UK have lost work or hours due to a lack of childcare support during this past year. Let’s establish some of the ways in which you can get the most from your employer while balancing work and motherhood.
Shared Parental Leave (SPL) provides parents with more flexibility when it comes to childcare in the first year following birth or adoption. SPL allows fathers and partners to become more involved in their child’s life and the flexibility it offers can facilitate a better work life balance.
Ensuring there is seamless support throughout parental leave and the return to work plays a vital role in promoting good mental health in new parents, at a time when they can be particularly vulnerable. There is a distinct need for more support for employers too, as 1 in 4 employers say the uncertainty around whether those on maternity leave would return to work was difficult for them to manage.
Employers that provide strong support to pregnant employees can transform their experience and help to ease what can be a stressful and anxious time for them. 77% of women said that they have had a negative or possibly discriminatory experience during pregnancy, maternity leave, and on their return to work.
Employers that provide strong support to pregnant employees can transform their experience and help to ease what can be a stressful and anxious time for them.
Grief is something we are all likely to experience in our lifetimes, however the workplace often falls short when it comes to supporting those who have experienced profound loss.
Evidence is only just starting to emerge regarding the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on wellbeing. Working from home for months on end, a lack of in-person interaction and concerns about job security have left many people’s mental health at a low point.